A WOMAN has died after falling from a motorway bridge near Manchester Airport.

Police were called to the bridge over the M56 near Wythenshawe shortly before 8pm on Thursday.

One side of a stretch of carriageway was closed as a result, causing long queues in the area.

GMP Wythenshaw tweeted: "Police were called shortly before 8pm this evening (Thursday 10 January 2019) to a report that a woman had fallen from a bridge over the M56 at Simonsway, Wythenshawe.

"A woman believed to be in her 30s has sadly died."

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact 101 quoting incident 1765 of 10/01/2019.